We start the day in Austria and end it in Germany

Thursday April 24th –  Celebrating our 22nd anniversary with an optional full day trip to Salzburg.

I got behind in writing my blog with lousy Internet service here on the boat.  Some of the days have run together for me a bit as I am now trying to get caught up with our day-by-day excursions, actually writing about them in some cases several days after they occurred.

I really wanted to start singing as we passed through this area

I really wanted to start singing as we passed through this area

“The hills are alive with the sound of music 
With songs they have sung for a thousand years
The hills fill my heart with the sound of music
My heart wants to sing every song it hears

A few people had decided to stay on board to cruise through a very scenic part of the Danube, but Tim and I along with 3/4 of the passengers loaded onto two busses and rode on to Salzburg.  The scenery was so pretty as we passed by brilliant yellow fields of rapeseed plants, mountain lakes and rocky crags.

Rapeseed Plants

Rapeseed Plants

Our first break was just a coffee and bathroom stop.  It turned out to be my favorite scenic spot of the entire day.  Landzeit Mondsee I think is the name of the lake.  Our guide referred to it as Moon Lake.

Landzeit Mondsee (I think)

Landzeit Mondsee (I think)

Salzburg

The name Salzburg means “Salt Castle”.  Known as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baroque architecture, as the setting for much of the movie “The Sound of Music”, Wiener Schnitzel, and of course the old town section is another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 “In World War II… A total of 15 strikes destroyed 46 percent of the city’s buildings especially around Salzburg train station. Although the town’s bridges and the dome of the cathedral were destroyed, much of its Baroque architecture remained intact. As a result, it is one of the few remaining examples of a town of its style.” ~ Wikipedia

Hohensalzburg Castle

Hohensalzburg Castle

White Asparagus

White Asparagus

Local dress styles

Local dress styles

Another lock bridge, we thought about adding a lock for our anniversary but did not find one.

Another lock bridge, we thought about adding a lock for our anniversary but did not find one.

Our included lunch with the local specialties, Wiener Schnitzel and Nockerl

Weiner Schnitzel (breed and pan fried pork) with parsley potatoes

Weiner Schnitzel (bread and pan fried pork) with parsley potatoes

Nockerl - a soufflé of eggs, sugar and raspberry filling, a local specialty

Nockerl – a soufflé of eggs, sugar and raspberry filling, a local specialty

GRATITUDE MOMENT:  Today I am grateful for celebrating 22 wonderful years married to the best husband any woman could ask for.  Tim has seen us through some occasional stormy weather, a frightening earthquake, my health issues, helped care for my mother in our home as she battled cancer and Alzheimer’s, starting and growing our business, working long hours side by side and then economic upheaval.  Yet, never once has our foundation been weakened.  We are a team – ALWAYS!

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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10 Responses to We start the day in Austria and end it in Germany

  1. This post tugs at my heartstrings in so many ways. I love the photos — Austria and Germany look lovely! But mostly I am happy for you (and a little jealous) that you are getting to travel with your husband of 22 years! Travel is beautiful by itself, but it’s best when shared with a loved one. Happy anniversary to you both, and happy travels!

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  2. vivian meade says:

    Just popping in to wish you HAPPY ANNIVERSARY…… You are a team for sure. I am totally enjoying ‘traveling in your pocket’… You two are fantastic hosts………….It is a joy to spend some time with a truly devoted, loving couple.

    Hugs and much love
    Vivian

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  3. Brenda Thompson says:

    Happy Anniversary to you both. Lovely, gentle couple—allowing us to share your journey. I think “Moon Lake’ is the most beautiful place I have ever seen (through your photo–thank you.)

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    • Thank you Brenda for the anniversary wishes. That lake and the setting with the green hills was gorgeous. I am now aching to do a road trip through this area to be able to spend more time here. Of course my “wish list” is growing by the minute!

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  4. Hello, thanks for the stop at my blog, it was appreciated and always welcome. Loved reading about Germany and seeing the photos, they brought back good memories. I look forward to reading more of your blog. Have a greaf day, Melissa

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  5. Nice blog entry. We visited Austria for the first time this year and we simply loved it. To be quite honest, I didn’t want to leave. It definitely has a beauty all of its own and those mountains are simply breathtaking. I felt like singing too!

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